Honoree Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg is serving his fifth term representing New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

Born in Paterson to Russian and Polish immigrants, he graduated from Nutley High School and then enlisted in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. After the war, he attended Columbia University on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a degree in economics.

In 1954, he and two friends founded the nation’s first payroll services company, Automatic Data Processing. Lautenberg served as chairman and CEO of ADP, which grew into one of the largest computing services companies in the world.

Lautenberg decided to launch a career in politics, and in his first run for public office was elected to the Senate in 1982. He was re-elected in 1988 and 1994, and after a brief retirement won a fourth term in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008. Lautenberg’s legislative accomplishments include bills that banned smoking on domestic flights, raised the nation’s drinking age to 21, banned domestic abusers from purchasing guns and stopped aid to nations that support terrorism. He has also built a record of accomplishments to improve homeland security, strengthen environmental protections and modernize transportation infrastructure. Lautenberg serves on three Senate committees: Appropriations; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Environment and Public Works (EPW). He is chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health and the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.

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Honorary Degree:
Doctor of Humane Letters